Then I got put in the friends zone any how.
Since then she has been sort of distant from me.
You were probably friend zoned from the get go, and now she thinks she might be leading you on. Or you blew it and she's making sure she's not leading you on further.
Or, maybe just getting that friendship back and suffering through it untill I feel she is completely comfortable with me kissing her again. I am confident I can get back to this point with some time.
Ya - girls love it when you become their friend with the sole intention of trying to win them over later. This plan has never backfired in the history of man.
My idea - next time you hang out, rip the bandaid off so to speak. Kiss her, then you'll know for sure. Either she's cool with it, or you've blown it....but you already admit that you don't think you can be just friends with her, so maybe blowing it will save you some pain of trying to be friends all the while wanting more.